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Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois

Books from the Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Since the 1940’s the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library has been building a collection of emblem books written from 1540-1800, published in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England. Emblem books can be considered the multi-media publications of the 16th through the 18th centuries. Each emblem is composed of three constitutive elements - a motto, an illustration or "pictura" in the form of a woodcut or engraving, and an explanatory poem or "subscriptio." An emblem is more than the sum of its parts, because the interplay between text and image produces a greater meaning than any of the individual components can provide. Since 1998 the Rare Book & Manuscript Library has been enhancing access to the German emblem books through digitization. The digitization efforts are now being coordinated with the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. These two institutions are cooperating on the Project "Emblematica On-Line," funded by an NEH/DFG digital humanities grant to present emblem books in an innovative digital environment and to develop a portal for a key genre of Renaissance texts and images. The OpenEmblem Portal hosted at Illinois offers the ability to search and browse emblems from a variety of perspectives. Visit the German Emblem Book Project website.


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Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Quarles, Francis, 1592-1644; Gilliflower, Matthew, publisher; Freeman, William, d. 1715, publisher; Bell, Andrew, d. 1720?, bookseller
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Publishers' names from Wing CD
Topics: Emblems, Emblems, English
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Westmorland, Mildmay Fane, Earl of, 1601-1666; Cotes, Richard, d. 1653, printer
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Engraved title-page, signed "W.M. sculpsit" (i.e. William Marshall)
Topics: Emblems, Emblems, English, Emblems, Latin
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Quarles, Francis, 1592-1644; Harvey, Christopher, 1597-1663. School of the heart; Wilkins, William Walker; Tegg, William, 1816-1895, publisher
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Memoir signed: W.W. [i.e., William Walker Wilkins]
Topics: Emblems, Emblems, English
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Quarles, Francis, 1592-1644; Toplady, Augustus Montague, 1740-1778; Ryland, John, 1732-1792; Wilson, Robert, A. M
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On t.-p. of v. 2: A new edition, carefully rev. and cor., with addition of glossarial notes, by the Rev. Robert Wilson, A.M
Topics: Emblems, Emblems, English
Topics: Allegories, Homiletical illustrations, Religious poetry, English, Christian art and symbolism,...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Harvey, Christopher, 1597-1663; Haeften, Benedictus van, 1588-1648. Schola cordis; Quarles, Francis, 1592-1644, supposed author; De Coetlogon, C. E. (Charles Edward), 1746-1820
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Engraved t.-p
Topics: Emblems, Emblems, English
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Drexel, Jeremias, 1581-1638; Chiswell, Richard, publisher; Winterton, Ralph, 1600-1636, tr; Parker, Richard, fl. 1692-1725, bookseller
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Additional engraved title-page: "The considerations of Drexelius upon eternitie ..." with imprint: "Printed and sold by Ric. Chiswell at [the] rose & Crowne in St Pauls Church yard, 1689."
Topics: Eternity, Emblems, Emblems, English